Monday, September 1, 2008

The AIP Doesn't Believe in Fiscal Policy

Its quite entertaining reading the platform of the Alaskan Independence Party (Palin's party before switching). Apparently, there is no role for fiscal policy adjustments for macroeconomic stabilization according to plank 17:

To oppose the borrowing of money by government for any purposes other than for capital improvements.
Couldn't find anything about inflation targeting or their preferred monetary policy after secession. Their issues page really needs to be proofread (apologies if Alaskans spell English differently, e.g. curriculum is spelled "ciriculum"). I enjoyed this bit about privatization:
Privatization of Gov't Services

The AIP supports the privatization of government services.

When the governmnet (sic) does something the cost is always higher than if the private sector provides the services.

In order to keep costs down the AIP believes we should privatize as much government services as possible.
Nice reasoning there guys...I suppose Blackwater must be huge fans.

Oy and McCain would put her just a heartbeat away!

(btw, Palin evidently doesn't want to protect their logo)


Richard H. Serlin said...

You alluded to secession. More explicitly from toady's New York Times, "she [Palin] was a member for two years in the 1990s of the Alaska Independence Party, which has at times sought a vote on whether the state should secede"

Could you imagine what the Republican machine would say if the Democratic vice presidential candidate were a member for two years of a Party which has at times sought a vote on whether a state should secede?!!

They call you unpatriotic if you don't wear a flag lapel pin everyday, even though the trust fund babies like Bush who the party loves rarely if ever do anything hard for their country, and even though the vast majority of hard working Americans who are willing to do hard things for their country don't wear a flag pin everyday.

Yet not a peep out of them when their vice presidential candidate was for for two years a member of a Party which at times sought a vote on whether a state should secede. Breathtaking hypocrisy. If this were a Democratic candidate for the vice-presidency with a 72 year old running mate, they would be screaming about treason and how the country is at risk.

Richard H. Serlin said...

Just look at what is says on the Alaska Independence Party website:

The Alaskan Independence Party's goal is the vote we were entitled to in 1958, one choice from among the following four alternatives:

1) Remain a Territory.
2) Become a separate and Independent Nation.
3) Accept Commonwealth status.
4) Become a State.

The call for this vote is in furtherance of the dream of the Alaskan Independence Party's founding father, Joe Vogler, which was for Alaskans to achieve independence under a minimal government, fully responsive to the people, promoting a peaceful and lawful means of resolving differences.


The Republican machine would be going insane if this were the Democratic candidate for the vice-presidency, with a 72 year old running mate who's had Melanoma. The propaganda mills would be running 24/7. They'd be calling the candidate a traitor, and I wouldn't be surprised if they would pressure the state's U.S. attorneys to go after him or her. It's breathtaking the hypocrisy.

lerxst said... are absolutely right about what the GOP and the media would say if Obama was a member of such an org.

They are trying to claim that technically Palin was only ever registered with the GOP. At a minimum the hubby was a clear member of the AIP.

So now suppose it was Michelle who wanted to secede!